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Eric33 replied to the topic 'new member' in the forum. 2 hours 18 minutes ago

Hello Keith and welcome to the wonderful world of the Gob Iron. I am a dedicated Chromatic player,I can't read music but I do have a repertoire of a few hundred songs from the 30s up to the middle 70s which I can play.If I can help you with any tunes in that range just get in touch.In the meantime just keep puffing.Eric33.

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keith thanked Reed Smith in topic Hohner CX 12 2 hours 46 minutes ago
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SWAPAN DEB replied to the topic 'new member' in the forum. 4 hours 19 minutes ago

Hi Harpdoctor,

Welcome to HC. As you have been playing chromatic since last five years, you may have a try to play George Michel "Careless Whisper" with Sax part.
It's one of the best melody number no doubt.
I am also a fond of melodious songs. Since I have been playing chromatic for last 6/7 months only, I am not well equip to play this song in chromatic
right at this moment.

Best of luck. Have a nice day.

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SWAPAN DEB and 2 others have commented on SWAPAN DEB's video 5 hours 35 minutes ago

Thanks Andy & Gunsmoke. Yes, I used a standard general Microphone and recorded in Joy's residence. Back ground track designing and mixing done by...

CHAHOON MAIN YANA SWAPAN DEB

Suzuki Manjhi Am, Sound track designed by Joy Nandy

AndyT replied to the topic 'new member' in the forum. 6 hours 24 minutes ago

Hi Harpdoctor

Welcome to the club. Unfortunately for your purposes, there's not much tabbing available here, though perhaps we could set some up. You will find some links to sites with Tabs if you go to the Home Menu then the Link Menu.

In the meantime, given your experience, you could help us lesser mortals develop.

Andy

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Harpdoctor created a new topic ' new member' in the forum. 7 hours 36 minutes ago

Hello,
I just joined the club. I have been playing blues harmonica and repairing harmonicas for over 40 years, but about 5 years ago, I started playing melodies on chromatic harmonica and am looking for new songs that are tabbed for harmonica. I was hoping I could find some in this club, but don't seem to see any headings for songs. Any help would be appreciated.
Harpdoctor

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Hello,
I just joined the club. I have been playing blues harmonica for over 40 years, but about 5 years ago, I started playing melodies on chromatic...
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Trying my new play-along book: 'Jazz Classics'. Guess I'm not as good as I thought I was. Damn these notes come fast.

AndyT replied to the topic 'Note Articulation When Playing Fast' in the forum. 11 hours 7 minutes ago

Hi Reed,

If you are aggressive on the mouthpiece with your tongue in trumpet you are doing it wrong. Like Harmonica, on trumpet it is all about using the right embouchure and letting the air do the work. The only force comes from the diaphragm. If you are using your mouth in any forceful way (such as pushing on the mouthpiece) you are doing it wrong. Needless to say I am doing it wrong, because I have yet to develop the muscles in my lips or tongue.

So whilst you are right that force is the enemy of the harmonica player, it is also the enemy of the trumpet player (outside of the diaphragm which is the only real difference where air flow is concerned). If you rely on your mouth/tongue being aggressive and using force your chops will soon tire out and you will have to stop and rest (which we call 'busting your chops'). It is far better to let your embouchure and diaphragm do the work, then you can play for days and days (or at least I hope so).

The point of triple tonguing exercises like those in the video are to strengthen your tongue so you have more control over it, but also so you can be more flexible and relaxed when playing. These can only benefit the harmonica playing. Yes the techniques will be different, mostly because in a lot of ways the harmonica player uses their tongue in completely different ways, but the benefits of having a stronger and more flexible tongue are worth the effort.

A lot of trumpet techniques do not apply (such as pressure to keep the lips tight) but triple tonguing is appropriate I thing.

Andy

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Reed Smith replied to the topic 'Note Articulation When Playing Fast' in the forum. 12 hours 3 minutes ago

@Marcy, AndyT,
The similarities in playing trumpet to harp would be air flow.
However, where on trumpet one would constrict their lips
and perhaps be aggressive with their tongue on the mouthpiece,
to do so on harmonica would be detrimental, a soft relaxed approach
will yield much greater results on harmonica. Tension, adrenaline,
too much force, are actually our enemies for harmonica. Try this:
with whatever embouchure you use, bring the harmonica as far into
your mouth as is comfortable, place you lips as softly as you can but
still maintain a proper air seal. Now as soft an air flow as possible for
the reed to respond (think HA, as if you are trying to steam up a mirror)
Soft lips, a soft attack, soft tongue on the harp, (if used) will result in much
faster articulation, better harmonics, and because you have opened your
mouth (like you are yawning) and gotten the harp inside, the resonance
chamber that is your torso you will add BASS to your tone.
Regards, Reed Smith

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Reed Smith replied to the topic 'Hohner CX 12' in the forum. 12 hours 19 minutes ago

I like my CX12, I have owned it 18 years now and it has never failed.
It doesn't respond well to a pucker embouchure unless it is a deep relaxed
type. I play mostly tongue block, which by nature brings the harmonica closer
to my airflow. A deep relaxed embouchure seems to get the best response for
me on the CX12 be it tongue block or *pucker.
*I disliked the term "pucker" it connotes a constriction of the lips that will result in
a tenseness by many players, which in turn will restrict movement and fluidity for
the player. A deep relaxed "pucker" embouchure actually uses the tongue for articulation,
with the sides of the tongue slightly curled, NOT a complete Ushape on the
harp as is often what those who are trying to Ublock do. The tongue is used for note
articulation, the corners of the mouth and lips for a seal, and to center the note being
played. I switch back and forth between this embouchure and tongue blocking because
I block out of the right of my mouth and don't have enough harp body on holes 1 and 2 to
tongue block.
Reed Smith

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Eric33 replied to the topic 'Hohner CX 12' in the forum. 14 hours 37 minutes ago

Hi Keith,
I was given one of these Hohner CX12 Harmonicas for a XMAS present about 3 years ago,and since then i think i have used it about a dozen times.I may have had a Friday night one because i can't get on with it at all.I find it hard to play due to sucking in too much air.However it is easy to strip down to clean when necessary and quite a few people i know say that it is the best thing since sliced bread,so there you have it.I have 10 Chromatics and i have been playing chromatics for many years.My recent one is a Suzuki Chromatix which i bid for in an auction at a Harmonica Weekend meeting and it is the best one i have come across,it is very responsive.I also like my Hering.It all boils down to choice and cost and how you treat them,it's all up to you.You will hear a lot of contradicting reports.I hope that whatever you decide on will be the right one.Keep puffing.Eric33.

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gunsmoke added a video. 14 hours 48 minutes ago

I got the blues

KEY OF E

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CHAHOON MAIN YANA SWAPAN DEB

Suzuki Manjhi Am, Sound track designed by Joy Nandy

keith created a new topic ' Hohner CX 12' in the forum. 19 hours 5 minutes ago

Does anybody on here use/own one? Are they worth the price?

I'm considering purchasing a chromatic & this seems to be a very good model; I'm thinking of a C Tenor (LC).

Any opinions about Hohner CX 12 chromatics?

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Marcy replied to the topic 'Note Articulation When Playing Fast' in the forum. 22 hours 40 minutes ago

Thanks, Andy, I’ll go check out the video. I bet trumpet has a lot to do with harmonica playing. I actually bought a cornet on a whim a while back because they sound so cool. I don’t have it any more, but they’re a lot of fun and I bet the video would make sense to me after that.

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AndyT replied to the topic 'Note Articulation When Playing Fast' in the forum. yesterday

Hey Marcy

To follow up on Reed's suggestion, which I'm about to try out, I've been doing some tongue exercises for trumpet, which have helped me significantly with harmonica playing. It sort of builds on the triple tongue technique Reed talks about, but for a different instrument.

Doesn't directly apply, but it's strengthened my tongue a lot, even though I still can't triple tongue on the trumpet.

Here's a YouTube vid with some techniques to practise.

youtu.be/BqrBK_GUHxw

Andy

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Marcy replied to the topic 'Note Articulation When Playing Fast' in the forum. yesterday

Hey, Reed, I just now tried it out. That’s a great description. Thanks!

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